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Balding gallops in with a novel

Rob George 1st Nov, 2017

RESPECTED broadcaster and author Clare Balding visited The King’s School to talk about ‘The Racehorse Who Disappeared’, the follow-up to her best-selling debut ‘The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop’.

Clare talked to almost 500 children from years four to seven from The King’s Foundation, Pitmaston Primary School, Nunnery Wood Primary School and St Clement’s CE Primary School. She demonstrated how her inspiration for her latest novel stemmed from overcoming adversity and following her dreams, subjects close to Clare’s heart.

As one Britain’s best-loved broadcasters, Clare has more than 20 years’ experience in television and was awarded an OBE in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to broadcasting and journalism.

In the same year, Balding was presented with the special BAFTA for her work on the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Her work ranges from coverage of six Olympic Games, the annual Crufts dog show, the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race and Wimbledon.

She could ride before she could walk and, growing up surrounded by racehorses trained by her father, she always dreamed of winning the Grand National or riding for Great Britain at the Olympics.

Annabel Jeffery, the King’s School librarian, said: “We have all been so excited to have Clare Balding in our school.

“The children absolutely loved the audience interaction with Clare and were fascinated by her tales of growing up surrounded by animals.

“Her inspirational stories from the Olympians and Paralympians she has met during her remarkable career were incredibly interesting.

“Clare was delightful with all of the many children who patiently queued up to get their books signed.”

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